If you pre-order Bungie’s newest gaming endeavor Destiny, you’ll receive a code to participate in the beta for the game but be warned on the fine print. It’s for a limited time only, while beta codes last. If you’ve pre-ordered the beta before this announcement then you should receive an email confirming you for the beta already. Certain retailers are offering it as well so it’s reccomended that you check out Bungie’s ‘where to buy’ page.
The newest Battlefield 4 trailer shows off some great visuals and excellent cinematography. It’s action-packed, dramatic and throws a subliminal nudge to Call of Duty in the form of a punch to a dog. There is some vulgar language so heads up!
Respawn Entertainment’s brand new title Titanfall is set to release on March 11th 2014 according to their most recent press release. Titanfall is set to release on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC all on March 11th in North America, and on March 13th in Europe. Additionally there will be a collector’s edition of the game which will retail for $249.99 and will include an 18″ hand-crafted titan statue with a diorama and battery-powered LED lighting, a full-size art book featuring more than 190 pages of rare concept art, and an exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas titan.
Microsoft has announced that sales of Xbox 360 have now eclipsed 80 million units. This number is based on internal sales data and refers to the number of units shipped to retailers rather than consumer sales. Xbox One launches this November, but Microsoft plans to continue their support for Xbox 360 for another three years.
To go alongside the Watch Dogs delay until the spring of 2014, it looks like Ubisoft will be pushing back open-world racing title ‘The Crew’ as well. According to Joystiq The Crew will launch in Q2 of fiscal year 2015, which runs from July 2014 to September 2014 as said by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in an investor call. The full quote is as follows:
There’s plenty of talk about exclusive titles heading into the next generation. Everyone’s looking to land the exclusive rights to the next big “must have” title in order to increase console sales, but that could include more than just games. Following a Reddit conversation, Xbox director of programming Larry Hryb, AKA Major Nelson, has agreed to pitch the idea of funding Futurama as an Xbox exclusive. While this is very much a long shot, it’s still an interesting idea, and we could see more deals like this start to surface in the future.
Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb” recently sat down with newegg to discuss Xbox One in a video interview. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there, but a few things in particular caught my eye. First of fall, Major Nelson believes that Xbox One’s hardware is powerful enough that it is ‘future proof.’ Secondly, the console could support a keyboard and mouse configuration in the future. Hit the jump to catch the full interview.
Early today we reported on a story that has become quite controversial and concerning in a short span of time. Comments by Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi led AdAge to believe that Microsoft intends to use Kinect-gathered data as a means of providing companies with information for advertising.
Microsoft denied this concept, and asked AdAge to correct their article, as they believed Mehdi’s sentiments were not accurately represented. AdAge did not retract their initial statement, but they did include some additional comments that Mehdi had emailed them. However, they continued to hold that “Marketers in the audience interpreted the comments to mean data could be made available for market research.” Xbox lead planner Albert Penello has since addressed the situation.
Xbox One pre-orders sold out pretty quickly at most major retailers, and many gamers are concerned that they won’t be able to secure the next gen console at launch. Well, we’ve got some good news, Xbox fans! Speaking with GameStop management, we can confirm that GameStop will begin taking pre-orders for Xbox One again starting tomorrow, October 9.
Yesterday Microsoft’s Adam Pollington revealed a pretty cool feature for Xbox One: it automatically records every achievement to the game DVR, making sure you can re-watch every one of your gaming accomplishments. There’s just one problem. Apparently it doesn’t actually do that.
There have been a lot of questions behind the details of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft has always managed to leave questions for us with each installment in the series and this is no exception for the newest installment. With the way things have worked out in the previous entry, the biggest question that remains for myself and many others is what is going to happen in the modern era where the main story takes place? In a recent blog from Ubisoft, it would appear that some of our questions have been answered. Read More
UPDATE: Microsoft Exec Reportedly Wants to Share Personal Information With Advertisers, Microsoft Denies
Microsoft has expressed in the past that the new and improved Kinect has the ability to improve the advertising experience by collecting date. One example given is that if the Kinect detects multiple family members in the same room via its facial recognition software it can switch to family-oriented advertising. Additionally, the new Kinect is capable of detecting emotions (it’s even said to be able to tell if you’re bluffing at poker), which means that it can even tell if you react positively or negatively to an advertisement.
Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi recently discussed how these features open up new possibilities for the future in an interview with AdAge. According to the interview Xbox One’s Kinect offers a ‘holy grail’ in terms of how to understand a consumer’s life, and this information could ‘hopefully’ be shared with ‘advertisers broadly’ in the future.